A lesson on the elements of a story. Briefly mention the story elements already discussed (Plot, Character, and Conflict). Mention the story elements still to come (Point of View, Theme, and Tone). Setting is the star.
Discuss: The easy definition is time and place but the more interesting definition is mood. Examples of time and how you could convey that period (ex. The wrapping paper fell away and revealed my beautiful glossy black Atari or The snow in the streets glistened under the gas lamps). How could you convey a dystopia? (Popular contemporary titles – The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched) Places – the real and the fantastic (planets, cities, states, countryside, apartment building, etc.). There is an opportunity to tie this lesson into genre if time permits. Let’s talk about MOOD. What is mood? Look for answers involving feelings. Ask for examples (frightened, calm, overwhelmed, happy, depressed, etc.)
Ask: Where? When? How does it make you feel? After discussion: The painting is called The Night Café by Vincent Van Gogh. He wanted to paint those people who couldn’t afford a place to stay, the lost, the troubled, the lonely . . . Evidence of how sad humanity could be, how ruinous.
Visual image as a writing prompt. Image taken from Chris Van Allsburg’sThe Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Include a brief description of the book. Write a brief story making sure you highlight – time, place, and mood.
Story Elements: Setting
Plot Character ConflictSTORY ELEMENTS: Setting Point of View Theme Tone Alison Daniels
BibliographyVan Allsburg, C. (1984). The House on Maple Street. Retrieved from http:// hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/davidc/6c_files/documents/mysteries/ housemaple.htmVan Gogh, V. (1888). The Night Café [Painting]. Retrieved from http:// www.vggallery.com/painting/f_0463.jpg